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From Polar Expeditions to Overland Trips: Which Adventure Tour to Choose?


As I discussed yesterday, tours aren’t all that bad — they can be great value for money, they get you to places that are otherwise difficult to reach, and most importantly, they connect you with like-minded travelers. Group tours these days are not just limited to whistle-stop sightseeing tours — they can range from active […]

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Exploring Kazakhstan’s Wilderness: Hiking in Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve

Gorgeous, accessible mountains in Aksu Zhabagly

Kazakhstan may be known for its oil and the antics of the pseudo-Kazakh Borat, but few people are aware of the wilderness that covers a large part of the country. Last week, as part of my overlanding trip through Central Asia with Oasis Overland, we spent two nights camping out in the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve […]

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My Packing List for the Camino in Summer


So you’ve done all your research and you’re ready to hit the trail. Your Camino adventure is about to start — but wait, what should you pack? For the Camino, packing light is essential and it’ll make your life much more enjoyable and pain-free. As you’ll be carrying your pack for more than six hours/day, it’s important […]

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A Quick Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

Trail markers on the Camino

As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Retracing its origins to the 9th century, Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of Saint James”, was an important pilgrimage route for the Christians. The Christian apostle Saint James […]

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The Camino Diaries: Reaching our Destination, Santiago de Compostela!


The final walk from Pedrouzo into Santiago de Compostela was possibly the hardest one we did. Walking at night was plenty of fun at first as we weaved through forests with our head torch and giggled in the darkness, but eventually our lack of sleep (and therefore energy) caught up on us and it was such […]

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The Camino Diaries: The Final Stretch


Tonight we will begin our last hike to Santiago de Compostela – the destination for most Camino pilgrims. Many people have recommended us do a night hike for a different experience (and to avoid the crowd and heat), so we’ve decided to do this last leg of the Camino at night to end with a […]

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The Camino Diaries: Highs and Lows


Over the past few days, I’ve experienced what has been perhaps the most intense moments of high and low within such a short time frame. After having tendinitis on my second day on the Camino, I fortunately made it back on the trail the next day. From Low to High That day turned out to […]

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The Camino Diaries: Getting Injured on Day Two


It’s only day two of our Camino walk and I’m already injured. Sigh. My left knee started aching terribly just when we were three-quarters through today’s hike and the pain just got worse and worse as I continued limping on the trail. I had to give up almost towards the end of today’s trek and […]

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The Camino Diaries: Day One Updates


The sky was tinged with purple streaks and the clouds were hanging low when we set off for our Camino pilgrimage this morning. It was barely dawn but we knew we needed an early start before the summer heat set in. Just as the doors of the albergue opened, we took our first step onto […]

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The Camino Diaries: Why I’m Walking 300km

The Camino

This week, I’m off on a new adventure: I’m walking 310 km (192 miles) across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. I had learned about the Camino on my first trip to Spain almost eight years ago, and ever since then, I’ve dreamt of walking it. We’ve lived in southern Spain on and off for about four years […]

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Up Next: Australia, New Zealand and Singapore


By the time you read this, I’ll be making the long trek down to Queensland, Australia for an exciting trip around the region. For those who have been following us for a while now, you would probably know that Australia is somewhere special for me. My first real trip abroad was to Australia and that was almost 15 years ago when I […]

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Annapurna Foothills Trek — Part II: Walking from Sunrise to Sunset

My favorite spot

Read first – Annapurna Foothills Trek Part I: A Walk in the Clouds Day 3: Arriving at Dhampus in the darkness – 18km It’s 7am by the time I leave the warmth of my sleeping bag and head down to the breakfast table on the open porch of Breeze Teahouse. The view before us comes as quite a shock to my […]

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The Lelioa Trek: Going Backcountry in Papua New Guinea

The ridges and rias of Tufi

The air is hot and steamy, and I’m completely drenched in sweat. It rained the day before and the trail is still muddy and slippery. There’s actually no trail to speak of, we are literally bashing our way through the thick vegetation that is sprouting in all directions. I am here on the Lelioa Trek, […]

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The Himalayas Calling: Off to Nepal and Bhutan!

558-Old man feeding birds pigeons in Bhaktapur Durbar square Dec 15, 2011 7-12 AM 4208x2723

Namaste from Nepal! I know it’s barely been two weeks since my trip to East Africa and here I am, in the opposite end of the world. This time, I’m in an area that I know very little about and is completely new to me so I’m really looking forward to discover and learn. The […]

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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda — Part I: The First Sighting

Up close with a gorilla in Bwindi

The walkie-talkie crackles. Our guide Benjamin listens intently and whispers back in the local Rukiga language. “We’ve found the gorillas. A male and a female. They are just ahead,” he announces. “Are you ready?” We drop our bags and proceed in silence through the thick and wet jungle with nothing more than our cameras. Even our porters have left […]

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